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Molecularly Imprinted Sol-Gel Materials for Medical Applications

[ Vol. 15 , Issue. 3 ]


Riccardo Concu, Mariana Ornelas and Manuel Azenha   Pages 199 - 222 ( 24 )


The present review deals with the sol-gel imprinting of both drug and non-drug templates of medical relevance, namely neurotransmitters, biomarkers, hormones, proteins and cells. Nearly a hundred recent works, either developmental or applied in a medical-related context, were critically analyzed. It may be concluded that, although research is still at an early stage, the potential of these sol-gel materials was well demonstrated in a few applications of critical interest for medicinal/biomedical science. The vast room left for expansion and improvement envisages a continuously growing interest by researchers in the future, eventually resulting in important medical applications able to enter the professional and consumer medical markets.


Biomarker, Cell, Drug, Hormone, Medical science, Molecular Imprinting, Neurotransmitter, Protein, Sol-gel.


Centro de Investigacao em Quimica - CIQUP, Faculty of Science, University of Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre 687, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal.

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